Lies and Single Stories

et502's picture

Check out this youtube!

This video immediately made me think of Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story.” As a homeschooler, I’ve encountered many of these questions (most of all, the pajama question). Although at times I liked getting attention for being an anomaly, overall, I felt very judged and limited by other people’s perceptions. I remember that, as a self-defense method, I would describe myself as “weird” so as to claim a description for myself rather than having it forced on me.

So this video was great. It didn’t capture my entire experience, but what I liked about it was that this guy – Blimey Cow – questioned certain beliefs merely by repeating them back. Rather than say outright, “homeschoolers are like this,” he repeats statements that might be said about us, as a sort of mirror effect. As if to say, “hmmm, did you really mean that?”

I love this word – debunking. “Let’s unpack that” – Let’s actually question those assumptions that we’ve accepted as realities. Because in order to truly respect other people, we must eliminate finite assumptions and be more open to complexities and details.

Seven Lies about Homeschoolers, by Blimey Cow

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alesnick's picture

mirror effect

I'm intrigued by the idea that there could be more power sometimes in simply saying back/recontextualing, a "single story" so that it's tellers can hear how limited and limiting it is.  I am going to try it.  I also appreciate your situating yourself in relation to a story of your own that bridges to Adichie's.  What do you think fosters this kind of bridging?

 

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